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St. Frederick High's Allbritton Headed to West Point

Kindergartners Enjoy Q & A with Fr. Long



t. Frederick High School is proud to announce the appointment of Jacob Allbritton to the United States Military Academy, also known as West Point. Jacob is the son of William and Betty Allbritton of Monroe, LA. Jacob is a lifelong Catholic and member of St. Matthew Parish. He is the third generation of Catholic school graduates in his family. His grandmother, Dorothy Seidenspinner is an alumni of St. Matthew High School, and his mother and brother Ben are also graduates of St. Frederick High School. Jacob attended Jesus the Good Shepherd School prior to enrolling at St. Frederick. It was in his early years as a child at JGS that he became fascinated with the military. Jacob received his appointment to West Point from Representative Ralph Abraham of the Fifth Congressional District. While there is no minimum ACT score required by the USMA, individuals cannot enroll without the appointment of a United States Congressman, Senator or the Vice President. First year students referred to as “Plebes,”

usually carry a course load of approximately 21 college hours per semester. Academic rigor, combined with the physical requirements of the President’s Physical Fitness test, create a challenging first year, for which Jacob feels he is prepared. The value of a four year degree at West Point is estimated to be in excess of $225,000, and the return is an active duty obligation to the country. Jacob wanted to attend West Point because of “the positive atmosphere created by individuals who have worked extremely hard to get there.” Upon graduation Jacob will be a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Army. Jacob feels his Catholic faith will sustain him in his career at West Point, especially during the first and most challenging year. He says he will lean on his favorite Bible verse when things become difficult. The verse he frequently uses for assurance is John 6:68-69, Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life; and we have believed, and have come to know, that you are the holy One of God.”

s the 2018-19 school year started winding down, Fr. Matthew Long, pastor of St. Joseph Parish and School in Shreveport, started wrapping up the last of his regularlyscheduled visits with St. Joseph School religion classes. Usually, the classes begin with a question-and-answer session. In Mrs. Havis’ Kindergarten class, he was asked, “Can I be a priest?” and “What do you do when you are not at church?” 

St. Joseph School Career Day


n April 26, St. Joseph middle school students got an inside look at a number of future career opportunities when the school counselor, Heather Phares, held their second annual Career Day. “The purpose of Career Day was to introduce our middle school students to careers and the world of work; providing learning and firsthand knowledge for students to acquire behaviors and skills for college and career readiness,” said Phares. JUNE 2019 27

Profile for Catholic Diocese of Shreveport

The Catholic Connection June 2019  

The Catholic Connection June 2019